* Posts by Morten Bjoernsvik

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Kill Google AMP before it KILLS the web

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We use microdata

https://www.w3.org/TR/microdata/

Can be quite efficiently parsed if You put it at the beginning of the html before all the javascript and inline scripting. And google works fine with it.

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Well, hot-diggity-damn, BlackBerry's KEYone is one hell of a comeback

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Re: Never Blackberry

I think you mixed up here, it was NTP that was the patent troll suing RIM

(RIM had to pay ~$612 mill, for using email on a mobile device, NTP later settled and lured money from the rest of the tech industry, a major fault in the legal system, let us never experience this again)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NTP,_Inc.#RIM_patent_infringement_litigation

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MySQL daddy Widenius: Open-source religion won't feed MariaDB

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poor dude

Where is the $1billion Sun coughed up for Mysql Monty? You can fund whatever pet project for eternity.

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Dell slips into a slimmer red dress after sales diet

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Re: Ubuntu

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This strikes me as odd but is common. Top of the range machines are not available with Linux, but which ones are the target market (developers) likely to want to buy?

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Most drivers for desktops and laptops hardware are developed for windows. In order to get them on linux you need someone the port the driver, which means getting hold of the hardware after release.

Best bet is to use only intel hardware.

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Facebook's React Native is exciting devs. Or is it, really?

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I find meteor more productive

Being a mediocre javascript programmer. I found maintaining and tuning my React stack taking too much time. Having several projects in various lifecycle stages on the same server, I always have problems when node.js is being updated.

I then moved to meteor. For me I had to switch to mongoDB from Redis. I find it a bit slower, especially on grapic intensive apps when doing changes. But 'meteor update' has saved me much time and hazzle. and the meteor.is_server() and meteor.is_client() separation is easier for a javascript novice to understand :-)

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YUI anyone

I still see YUI stuff around. Makes me sad when sorting a 100cols x 10000rows table in 30 sec, when it now takes 2 sec using React/webpack (with proper caching).

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You've seen things people wouldn't believe – so tell us your programming horrors

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Inhouse defined non documented web framework

A few days ago I looked up an old inhouse defined javascript framework. I was only going to add a simple link, but spent 2 hours just figuring out what files to add, what to call it and how to write sane markup. All was just lookup tables with clueless names.

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Ginni Rometty to pocket $4.5m bonus for IBM leadership

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Top management get their bonuses whatever

I recall my years at SGI, Warren Pratt our Chief of Engineering got a $1mill bonus the year we canned MIPS to go for the terrible Itanic, the annus horribilis. I asked at a shareholder conference if they could state the reason for his bonus, but I was completely ignored. I really like all bonus incentives for top management to be clearly defined in the annual reports. Lots have stock value incentives, which means pointless buybacks to reduce assets and inflate stock prices, Selling off low margin divisions and headcount reductions are most effective.

Taking IBM's size into consideration a $4.5mill bonus is quite modest. IBM is becomming more and more irrelevant. Bluemix/softlayer vs AWS. dont make me laugh. I spent 2 days getting a cluster app singing on AWS and EC2. With bluemix I never got the nodes configured and the database was DB2 and middleware WebsphereMQ. This was 1 year ago, they may have improved since then.

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Boeing just about gives up on the 747

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Re: Interesting

"Naaah. The fact is that the A380 is just a much better plane, and it's selling like hot cakes at the expense of the Jumbo."

Ehh. Not exactly. A380 is a larger but much more expensive plane. Only 2 where ordered in 2015. Airbus will never reach profitability on that model. The future belongs to the two engines models.

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HP and Dell flogging Surface Pro direct? No issues THERE. NONE AT ALL

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margins

This is all about margins.

M$ is willing to use a bit of their $90billion coffin to ensure Dell HP earn more per Surface they sell compared to manufacturing and selling their own stuff.

Nothing to do with quality just a new way to spend money to get a foothold in the market.

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Boeing builds British Airways 787 Dreamliner in 4 minutes

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Re: You need deep pockets for any class on 787 with BA

Norwegian has flown Dreamliners for 2 years now. some initial problems with spare part availability I believe they were first in Europe. You can fly direct Oslo-Oakland for £250 and Oslo-Bankok for £300,

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Citrix really needs to get its act together, and soon

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Installing Citrix

Have been working for years with vmware ESX, workstation, virtual box, terminal server. But I had to call in experts to install Citrix XenApp server. They have really messed this one up. I counted 14 citrix services running on my server in order to get it all up and running.

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World finally ready for USB-bootable OS/2

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vmware and OS/2

>> The PC needed to be replaced, but I had to scrounge another 486 to run it on

>Generic 486 or a PS/2 style motherboard with MCA etc. I assume you keep in contact and have a >small stock of similar PC's to draw on...

Had the same issue a few years back with a printing shop. some legacy silk printing equipment was controlled using an old pentium90 in OS/2.

Backed up the diskimage and copied all the apps to a vmware OS/2 image. Actually it managed to use the intel pro1000 in 10MBit mode all thanks to vmware host driver management.

It booted in 5sec :-). OS/2 is not official guest OS but it worked in this case on workstation7.

But it could only use one core :-).

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Game of Thrones: Where to now for headless Nintendo?

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bean counting dept

Under the first picture it says 1969-2015 is he 45 or 55? No offense :-)

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Yahoo! displaces Ask in Oracle's Java update crapware parade

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Joke

wrong headliner

Yahoo! displaces! Ask! in! Oracle's! Java! update! crapware! parade!

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City of birth? Why password questions are a terrible idea

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lastpass

One passord to rule them all.

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Goldman Sachs gives Spotify its mixtape. And by mixtape, we mean a suitcase with $350m in it

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Sound growth is no longer an option

https://www.crunchbase.com/organization/spotify

$887Mill in 8rounds. It's just an arms race to bankrupt the other similar services. The idea of building a sustainable profitability and grow the company accordingly is no longer enough. But then you get loansharks like Kleiner Perkins and Goldman Sachs onto the decision board. RIP Spotify.

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The data centre design that lets you cool down – and save electrons

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3M where your Novec

This look genious an isolating liquid with heat conductivity close to water.

Just set up a tank and drop your electric gear into it:

http://www.eweek.com/servers/intel-sgi-test-3m-liquid-cooling-technology.html

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IBM feathers pillow with System z cash – but still losing sleep after 12 quarters of decline

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Earnings per share is bloated due to large buybacks

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IBM managed to surprise the analysts, though, but posting earnings of $2.91 per diluted share, which was better than they'd hoped for.

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IBM used ~$14Bill on stock buybacks in 2014 the same in 2013. it is now less than 1Bill stocks outstanding. Lowest since 2007. But they eat up their cash reserve and totalt value of the company is falling. Not a very good sign in the end the coffin will be empty and turnover close to zero but the EPS will still be above Analysts estimate.

That money should have been invested into research and development.

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Nvidia's GTX 900 cards lock out open-source Linux devs yet again

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Re: yeah, sounds familiar

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Ask RedHat developers why they do not recommend consumer nVidia GPU for passthrough in kvm/vfio .... similar reason,

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One of the 100 reasons I spend $170 on vmware workstation.

I play all my games on a linux box with a GTX660 with a win7 guest.

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Re: JustNiz

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I actually am a professional Linux dev and even have a GTX 980 in my PC. I can tell you I'm completely not affected by the lack of source code for my video driver, nor is any of the other Linux devs I work with or even know. I also can't get the source to the bios for my motherboard, the firmware in my monitor, or to the driver or firmware for my Broadcom Wifi chip, or to my toaster, microwave, car and stereo, but I don't see anyone making equivalent noises about those.

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This has to do with licensing and having to download the driver from NVIDIA. It is a mess when patching the kernel unless somebody helps out creating and updating a native package with every release of the kernel.

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US govt bans Intel from selling chips to China's supercomputer boffins

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Rather add nsaware to the chip

Among those billions of transistors US gowernment may add nsaware to produce faults, disable features, overheat, snoop etc. A terrible idea. The world has moved on since the cold war area.

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Forget Nokia: Finland's promising future is to be server central

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Finnish Specialities

When I was a kid our single tv-channel used to show finnish television theatre. Dark, Grim and always with a tragic ending.

Usually drinking itself to death in the sauna or drowning in one of the thousand lakes.

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(Re)touching on a quarter-century of Adobe Photoshop

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I'm perfectly happy with the PS CS2 free version

You can still get PS CS2 free, Earlier you could download it directly, But now you need to register. but it is still a great program. It is way better than Photoshop elements.

https://www.adobe.com/cfusion/entitlement/index.cfm?loc=en&e=cs2_downloads

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World, face Palm: PDA brand to RISE FROM THE GRAVE

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Re: I still have a Palm Pilot ......

I miss the Palm stylus and the graffitti. On small devices it was the prefered method of entering text. There were some grafitti patents, preventing the latest palm devices to use the original grafitti. had to buy a program called tealscript where you could program your own grafitti. Small smartphones like the Experia Z active I had for years where great but my butterfingers made a lot of misstyping. I do not have this problem on a 5inch display though.

PalmV -> Sony Clie -> Sony Clie2 magnesium -> Palm Lifedrive (Still in use as an Alamclock goes 1 month on a single charge).

Does the Samsung Note stylus have similar capabilities?

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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies – Thin plot, great CGI effects

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Re: There's no such thing as "great CGI effects".

Great CGI effects are when you do not notice them. Almost all productions today have CG rendered scenes. I'm pretty sure you mostly never notice. A mainstream program like "Downtown Abbey" have a large post production crew removing artifacts like cars, telephone lines, modern windows, Airconditions etc, just making the various sceneries looking from within the right time period. Much faster and cheaper than creating replicas.

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

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Still not looking good on mobile

On mobile I've always hated using ElReg. Now it is certainly better, But I still need to zoom in. On Mobile devices You need larger fonts,links and one collumn view.

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Ten Linux freeware apps to feed your penguin

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Netbeans8 deserves some merits

After using Eclipse, Komodo Editor/IDE and IntelliJ IDEA, I find Netbeans8 being a very good overall IDE. It has a very flexible and easy understandable config and plugin support. Having both java and C/C++, You already have all You need to extend it to any other languages that uses either maven or buildtools. In one week I managed to set up perl highlighting, cpan module autodownload, debug, run and rpmbuild (a dirty tarball of entire perlbrew lib + app) for deployment. I used bash on centos7, so it is not transparent(No windows or mac). But I was impressed I could write the plugin in any language I preferred.

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Libreoffice Draw is the culprit

| LibreOffice is not stable enough for business. Use OpenOffice instead.

| Any substitute for Visio ? Wanna sketch out my network.

I can live with if fine except for the Draw package. Years ago I used to write lots of networks and cluster diagrams in Visio. With every new Libreoffice I try to open them in Draw and scale them. But somehow the scale changes differently within groups. The snap to grid becomes corrupted. But it used to be worse. Before libreoffice v4 they crashed. (I was on lots of visio compatibility bugs, and watched most of then progressing with anticipation, but it is not there yet).

But it is free so we can't complain. I would love to support libreoffice to improve Draw on kickstarter.

So I run an old visio 2003(?) under wine. It is the only MS program I need.

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'I get it if you don't make money for 2 or 3 years, but Amazon's 21'

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Amazon makes lot of money

There is no way you can get to $150B market vaue without earning money.

They have just been clever at dodging taxes around the world and move money into deparments with operating losses (aka heavy investments). so 150B/21Y ≃ 7B/Y. Not bad at all.

As long as the stockholders do not require dividends they can still keep the stock price high.

All multinationals have lots of advisors working on how to avoid taxes and give as little as possible back to the community. IBM probably have more financal acrobats than engineers.

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Cray-cray Met Office spaffs £97m on VERY AVERAGE HPC box

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Re: Good hardware but why not a real operating system? @AC

All recent Crays run Cray Linux Environment (CLE) it is a Centos/RHEL clone with extra tools and added drivers for proprietary hardware like their inteconnect and distributed memory model and a highly tuned kernel.

The hardware provides high bandwidth and low latency which makes it much simpler to scale out and share massive amount of memory in a single system image.

Could not find info if XC40 scales more than the SGI UV with 64TB and 2048 cores in a single system image.

You cant get those features on a commodity box with off the shelf interconnects.

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DRAM! Speedy software upstart PernixData's caching up fast

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Business model?

What prevents vmware to add this feature to its hypervisor?. Seems like the simplest way to boost performance. Or just buy them up.

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Why Oracle CEO Larry Ellison had to go ... Except he hasn't

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Opensource can do the job

You can now easily get 512GB in any server. You can then host native structures in memory/disk like Redis, Elastic Search, Hadoop. There is less need for an utterly expensive database system.

I have a >1Billion rows table where most of the collumns are not indexed. An unindexed table scan query in DB2 takes 20minutes (ZOS Mainframe), in Redis it takes 45sec(My workstation). the table uses ~55GB in memory and takes 4.5min to load initially. I only do simple queries for collumn statistics and variance for fraud scoring. But my workstation can now do this in 30minutes, while it may take 20hours on a IBM mainframe running DB2.

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Is that a 64-bit ARM Warrior in your pocket? No, it's MIPS64

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Re: RISC, not IRONIC

Risc64 has been around since 1994 with the introduction of R8000.

I was in university at that time, and was one of the lucky sods to run my code on the state of the art Silicon Graphics Power Challenge Array. Whow It flew! Around 8 times faster than the Wax I previously used. R8000 was the processor that skyrocked SGI into the hpc space.

Unfortunately the R10k and followers where not as good. Mainly because the complex superscalar pipeline was hard to upclock. I recall all the problems with getting the R10k above 195mhz. By that time the AMD opteron had arrived and the dark ages of Mips had started.

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Speak your brains on SIGNAL-FREE mobile comms

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Great for governmental emergency networks

I do not think the average Joe is the target for this product.

It would be the governemental emergency network which most countries have. It is horrendously expensive to build, maintain, need special frequencies and special devices. With goTenna you can use your phone and just need an antenna to connect. Withing your entity (aka country) You can easily change the frequency into something reserved and legal.

http://www.norwaypost.no/index.php/news/latest-news/29431-norways-emergency-network-has-not-improved-since-july-22

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Good god, where will the new storage experts come from?

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Re: It's the "outsourcing megatrend" at work...

And we outsource all knowledge until there is nothing left. And no-one left to train new graduates.

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Microsoft hopes for FONDLESLAB FRENZY as Surface Pro 3 debuts

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Never ever going to buy any MS devices again

Bought a Surface pro2 for my wife. unfortunately it is so awkward to use, so she rather uses her old eepc. I tried to use it, but It is frustratingly unintuitive. Terrible process handling, apps not showing in desktop mode, desktop apps not showing in tablet mode. I do not blame the hardware, but the win8/8.1 OS trying to be both touch and desktop but ending up being neither. Anyone that have tried an android or apple tablet just laughs at it, when trying to navigate around. No wonder it became a mega flop. Someone responsible in MS management should be spanked/deported for letting this product survive through 2 disasters. Too much money in the pockets makes people lazy.

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The Force of tax breaks brings Star Wars filming to Blighty

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Game of subsidies

The subsidies are higher in Canada, The next sequel will be done in Montreal :-)

http://vfxsoldier.wordpress.com/2014/06/11/casualties-of-the-subsidy-trade-war-prime-focus-london/

Moving all over the world, work long hours get well paid is great when you are young, free and single.

Not so great when You have married, mortgage up you ears and kids in school and kindergarten.

It's the same in most industries. It's a global marked. In Norway the oil companies get flat 78% tax refund on investments, Even the oil is here and not going anywhere, but it has helped infuse massive >$80Bill yearly investments into oil upstream and downstream technologies. Making Norway number one in oil technology in the world despite ridiculously high salaries. Making it hard for us poor sods in other businesses to attract local talent resulting in immigration, relocating or outsourcing.

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Remember Control Data? The Living Computer Museum wants YOU

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My adventure into Cobol

I once worked on a project setting up batch jobs for data extraction from IBM mainframe (My project was a linux server working with that extracted data). My tools were an ancient EBCDIC terminal and large cobol programs that did extraction for other programs I had to copy and rewrite so it fitted my needs. And to test it I had to call a sysadmin with the program id and he would execute it. There were also another level, when I checked off the program as working. it was then run for some days on the test mainframe verifying it did not fuzz up actual work-loads and then moved to production queue on the production mainframe.

I've replaced some of them with 50 lines of very verbose perl. IBM provides an ancient perl(5.8.X) on their mainframes. It was quite fun to show some perl one-liners to the old cobol maestro. His comment: 'It is impossible to do a proper stacktrace on that, what if it fails". The perl code was never put on the production mainframe. They were afraid what another language would do to their production load. But it still resides on the test mainframe.

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Has Google gone too far? Indie labels say it's crunch time for The New Economy

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governmental control divide up the bastards

In a world where everybody can set up a web based sales channel it is a paradox that Amazon,Google and Apple have become so big players.I really believe the big three needs to be split up into smaller competing companies, like what was done with AT&T in 1992. Most countries have laws against monopolies and cartels. But how do to exercise it on a global scale. If you have more than a 20% market share maybe a tax should be enforced.

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NSA: Inside the FIVE-EYED VAMPIRE SQUID of the INTERNET

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Re: Question to folks doing the shopping

|Question to folks doing the shopping

|How likely is it that you buy Cisco gear in the near future?

Do You think Huawei is any better, The entire Telenor backbone (Norways largest telco) is now Huawei.

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What data recovery software would you suggest?

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clonezilla

You can use the clonezilla linux live image, just boot it from a usb-stick.

It was able to clone my win7 biltlocker SSD and boot it on another machine

(You need the 48bit bitlocker recovery ID).

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Automating repetitive tasks: If it moves, script it

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Learn yourselves a scripting language

Most dbas I know use scripting, but they are quite simple. Cant be compared to scripts written by devops that dont do anything else. A few days ago I was asked about license for Toad to a new developer. I told him we mainly use the basic command line tools and script in perl/bash/python/powershell what is needed. One of my recent jobs was a cleanout of a overpopulated database with severe lack of bufferspace. I had only a period from 1500to 2400 every day to run deletion and intervalls had to be less than 50k in each commit, otherwhise the production jobs just hanged. Had to add timestamp, scheduler and load monitor modules to the scripts (basic modules in our primary software) and now they run every night to clean data older than 3years and results older than 1 year. That way we can live with an undersized database. I'm a perl developer and added full perldoc with examples so anyone can easily port this to all the other databases we support. Most dbas would probably just use toad or any gui tools and do the job every month, or shut down production to do the cleaning in one go with far less sophisticated scripts. So learn a widely awailable scripting language very well and use it all the time.

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TrueCrypt turmoil latest: Bruce Schneier reveals what he'll use instead

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Please continue truecrypt

Truecrypt working fine on both linux and windows. I've never had any issues with it. Just making sure I have backups and keep my keys safe. But my new laptop with bitlocker is horrendously slow. encryption should be OS agnostic by a third party company.

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Microsoft throws Kinect under a bus, slashes Xbox One to $399

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Re: Meh... - steam on linux

"Once Linux can support my Steam games my Win7 install will be zapped and I'll be running my Linux distro full-time."

The only games I've got working on Steam Linux are Half-life2 and Portal2, only Valves own game.

And it was a bloody nightmare. I had lots of files missing I had to probe around the internet and on my original dvds to find. But it was good error messages. Maybe my problem is that I run OpenSuse. Friends with Ubuntu says it works much better.

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Powershell terminal sucks. Is there a better choice?

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activestate perl

Install activestate perl and with the ppm (perl package manager) you can install around 8000 packages for windows or build your own. It's completely integrated.

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Symantec: Antivirus is 'DEAD' – no longer 'a moneymaker'

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"- And the people who are too dumb to install anything, and too dumb to update their subscriptions. They now think that a virus-riddled machine is the normal state of affairs. It isn't even worth the virus writers targeting these people any more."

I'm in a forth camp:

Those who have a company locked down laptop with Norton Antivirus 2014, bitlocker and other craps. On my 3year old Opensuse 13.1 host laptop cloning a 10GB vm took 25sec, on my shiny new laptop it takes 5minutes. It is the same .vmx file. faster drive better cpu.

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Nokia, new CEO Rajeev Suri, and BEELLIONS of euros burning a hole in the bank

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Re: Dividends

They should rather invest in new businesses than sharing out dividends. When your turnover sinks like Itanic and your balance gets deeper in the red for every quarter it doesnt look good giving out dividends. Why not use it to subsidies a really dead cheap Iphone/Galaxy killer. A S5 specalike with a 42MPixel camera for $100. I believe you would really get quite a markedshare then.

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Ubuntu 14.04 LTS: Great changes, but sssh don't mention the...

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Re: @AC, whatever. (was: whatever.) @h4rm0ny

"..CentOS, on the other hand, is based on stable Red Hat releases so - whilst not as newbie-friendly as Ubuntu - is at least stable and predictable."

Centos Great. but _NEVER_ use Oracle Linux. Big money corporations exploiting opensource.

This only makes Redhat add more features as close source making it out of reach for CentOS.

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Re: @AC, whatever. (was: whatever.) @h4rm0ny

>OpenSUSE appears to be a little media unfriendly, although does tick the box for support.

In order to remain true opensource the base distro do not contain any closed source files:

http://opensuse-guide.org/codecs.php

It puzzles me why this can't be a checkbox - aka 'Add non free,open multimedia codecs' in the base installer. It is easy once You know how, but first time users do not have this knowledge and once the mp3 does not play and the mp4 does not play, they reject opensuse for something else.

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